Month: May 2014

Globalization project 1

In the past few weeks, we have been discussing Globalization, the technological, economic and social factors that make our world more (or less) connected, and some of its benefits and drawbacks.

Today, each group will answer one of the following question, with the use of a detailed case study.

Due date: TBA

Group setup




Questions 1:  Rich vs Poor?

The concepts of core-periphery describes the level of interconnectedness of countries, and their respective roles in the world economy.

With the use of 2 case studies, discuss the interconnectedness of  two region in the producing, manufacturing and selling of one consumer good. (your CS can be two regions within a country or two countries)







Question 2: The internet took my baby!

Explain how the internet works. Then, using one LEDC as a case study, explain the recent trends in its internet adoption, and specific changes the internet has had on the country’s people and culture. (not the economy) Consider ideas such as food, music, culture, language, family values, literacy etc.


Question 3: It’s not you, it’s Facebook.

Social media like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr have changed the way people relate to each other. Using real scientific research to back up your arguments, debate the argument that the growth of virtual relationships produced a qualitative shift in the way people relate to each other in the real world.


Question 4: Taking care of business. 

We have discussed the controversial role of the IMF, the WTO and the World Bank in “helping” countries with economic problems. Using a specific case study, explain the measures one of these organizations have taken to assist a country with financial problems. Using specific examples, explain the consequences of these measures on the receiving country’s people. (not necessarily its economy)

Question 5: Watashiwa lovin’ it!

McDonalds has over 31 000 restaurants in 118 countries and 1.4 million employees. It is the symbol of American success, but also a symbol of corporate greed. Describe the economic rise of the McDonald’s corporation, and the ways the franchise has been able to adapt its product to local markets. Finally, discuss whether McDonald’s differentiation of menues depending on local tastes and dietary requirements is good or bad for the local culture.







Question 6: Globalizawhat?

Give a detailed account of the lifestyle of a specific group who has not been a part of the new globalized world. Explain how the group was able to stay away from modern society, and the impacts of recent contact with the wider world. Acceptable examples could be the Dani tribe of Papua New Guinea, the Amish of America etc.

Question 7: Down with their heads!

There has been a lot of backlash against corporations, globalization and multi-country summits, such as occupy wall street, the battle of Seattle, and the Quebec city riots. Explain the role of protest in the debate over globalization, and offer a reasoned argument presented by the people who oppose the globalization movement. Be careful, they are not necessarily anti-globalization…


***All answers must be presented in the form of a skit, a video or any form of creative presentation. Scripts must be turned in. Be creative.

InS 10: Intro to Globalization

What is globalization?


 Exercise 1: Each table will read one of the following articles and explain its core ideas to the rest of the class:

A theory of Everything (Sort of)

Space Wifi

Where did the Anti-Globalization Movement go?

Does Globalization bring War or Peace?

Globalization is making the world a better place

Globalization: It’s impact on Indigenous communities. 

Exercise 2: You are going to work in groups brainstorming how you are influenced by, or influence globalization. Each group will be given the following heading:

  1. Transport and communications technology, globalization and me
  2. Economic interactions and flows, globalization and me
  3. Environmental change, globalization and me
  4. Socio-cultural change, globalization and me
  5. Political outcomes, globalization and me

Generate a list of as many ways as possible you and your group are influenced by or influence each of the topics.

You will be asked to share your findings with the class.

Humanities 8: Urban planning


We have been disucssing land usage, mapp[ing, urban planning and various things that make a good city.

After reading about the different roles of urban planning, we will work on our last summative assessment of the semester, the city project.

The pitch will be due on May 30th, after which we will create the city using Minecraft.

Groups here.

Kamakura Field trip data tabulation

Today, we will tabulate the data we collected on the field trip.

Sphere of Influence

Benefits and drawbacks

You must be done by the end of class.

Grade 8 Humanities: Map-skills review

We have been studying how to use ordnance maps.

In preparation for Monday’s test, you must be able to complete this document, using the map provided.

You have an hour to do so. We will correct it together next period.

This is the same format as Monday’s test.

On Monday, make sure to bring a 30cm ruler, pencils and a calculator. (No iphones)

Ins 9: Last minute preparation for the Kamakura Field trip

We are only a few days away from our field trip.

Here is what we need to get done before we go:

1: Finalize questionnaire with MR. Howe’s class (See Japanese version here.) See here for the sphere of influence questionnaire. (To be translated soon)

2: Create our grids for each team. Our class will be surveying Hase-Dera temple and the residential area south of the temple.

3. Familiarize ourselves with our respective grids.

4. Conduct a pilot run in our teams (Thursday) and make proper adjustments.

4. Print final versions of the surveys (Part 1 and 2) and divide them into teams. (Friday)

5. Meet at Ishikawacho station on Monday at 9 AM or Kamakura station at 10AM.

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